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Musical Theory Abound!!!
 #138463  by flyingheelhook
 Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:04 am
“Start playing loud when you’re young, and you’ll be one step ahead of the game. If you start off playing soft, it will get you into a lot of bad habits. Terrible, terrible, habits. Look at these jazz people. Of course they play soft. It’s a trick so you can’t hear them.”—Nigel Tufnel
 #138466  by TI4-1009
 Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:51 am
Hence the need for "The Eleven" :lol:
 #139148  by Arminius
 Tue May 20, 2014 8:41 am
“The best performances are completely unselfconscious—where you’re inside the music, and it’s leading you, and you just follow where it goes. The minute you start to think about how the audience is going to react—whether what you’re doing is right, or wrong, or entertaining people—you’re in trouble. All kinds of doubts and insecurities creep in, and you lose the music. Suddenly, the music is no longer this organic, living, breathing thing. It becomes something you try to knock into shape with a set of rules you’ve picked up throughout the years. Thinking should be done at an early stage in a musician’s career. After that, you just let go. And it becomes a blissful experience to play.” —Bill Nelson

I play with a guy that severely overthinks things and it is corrosive. Very true.

Also, great article